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  • Writer's pictureMeghann Ormond

Carving out the space: A reflexive workshop on Participatory Action Research (PAR)

When: 8 March 2023, from 9:00-12:30, followed by lunch

Where: This is an in-person event. Details provided after registration is confirmed.

Who: Everyone is welcome (max. 20), priority is given to WUR PhD candidates

Cost: Free (both the session and the lunch!)

Registration required: Visit for details

This is a public event linked to the 'Transformative & Participatory Qualitative Research Approaches & Methods (TPAR)' PhD course and has been funded by the CSPS WUR's Transformative Learning Hub @WUR & the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS WUR).

Participatory Action Research (PAR) requires a lot of emotional labour from its practitioners and co-researchers, not only during ‘fieldwork’ periods of data co-creation but also prior to and after them. The ethical development and long-term sustenance of relationships and commitments characteristic of PAR are quite unlike other research approaches in which scholars are regularly trained and for which they are most rewarded in university systems. How are we navigating – or, for those wishing to begin, how are we to navigate – the many nuanced challenges associated with PAR, not just conceptually and logistically but also emotionally?

In this 3.5-hour workshop, international PAR practitioners with an array of experience, from seasoned to novice, focus together with PhD candidates and others with whom we do research, on the complex feelings that emerge specifically when attempting to move forward together after the participatory fieldwork phase: what is involved in maintaining contact, co-producing something meaningful as a ‘we’, and working to decolonise our practices?

We will be using lino as an arts-based method to explore these challenges. Total beginners are welcome - no previous knowledge or experience with the method is needed to participate! Just be ready to roll up your sleeves and reflect on your and others’ experiences. A vegan lunch will be served after the session to facilitate continued reflection and discussion among participants.

Special guests: PAR researchers Rachel Pain, Katy Jenkins, Bettina van Hoven and Sonja Marzi

Arts-based facilitators: Sophia Pekowsky & Ilya Genov

Wageningen University Organizers & Contributors: Meghann Ormond,

Anke de Vrieze & Elisabet Rasch

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